CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Get started on the path of creating your own healthy meals by stocking your pantry with the right healthy, natural basics. Tanya Hart, from Root Wellness and Nutrition, showed us what we should and shouldn't keep in our pantries!
What to remove from your pantry!
Remove vegetable/hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
Replace with coconut oil for cooking, olive oil for drizzling.
Remove white flour
Replace with whole wheat, almond, and coconut flours
Remove white pasta and white rice
Replace with brown rice or whole wheat pasta, quinoa and long grain brown rice
Remove white sugar
Replace with coconut sugar and raw honey (local if you can find it, helps with allergies)
Remove packaged roasted and salted nuts.
Replace with raw almonds, cashews, and seeds (chia, sunflower, sesame, pumpkin)
Remove candy bars and cookies
Replace with dried fruits (dates, figs, cherries, raisins, prunes)
Remove fried potato chips, or non-organic corn chips.
Replace with baked chips or crackers, and organic non-gmo corn chips.
Remove milk chocolate, or chocolate containing "sugar" as the first ingredient.
Replace with dark chocolate with cacao of 60% or above. Check ingredients, make sure chocolate liquor or cocoa butter are listed first. Not sugar.
Remove non-organic or instant coffee.
Replace with lower pesticide containing organic coffee (or decaf!)
Remove Iodized salt
Replace with sea salt
Remove spices that smell off. (musty or not so fresh)
Replace them with fresh spices, or buy whole and grind yourself.